Viral Video Competition is a Throwaway Show with Potential
OK, first things first. Syfy's new reality competition-gameshow Viral Video Showdown (10:30pm) isn't a great show. It isn't even a very good show.
But there's something about it that's rather infectious. You may find yourself wanting it to be good, better than it is. And, who knows, maybe in time it will be.
As it is, Viral Video Showdown - hosted by Attack of the Show's Kevin Pereira - feels like it's two or three practice episodes out. Still, it's fun, if a bit bumpy. Kevin introduces two teams of viral video, um, experts. The teams are challenged with creating videos that will go viral, or could.
The winners win $5,000, which is one of the show's problems. It can't quite figure out how to create tension or excitement.
Typically, teams on reality competitions have something of great value at stake, you know, like $1 million. The teams on Viral are made up of a bunch of people, meaning, they're all probably calculating in their heads their after-tax prize. "Wait, I won $413?"
Another bump in Viral Video Showdown is the judges: Adam Sessler, Brittani Taylor and Sandeep Parikh. Nice judges, no doubt, and appealing. But they're green it seems in front of the camera. Over time, that should work itself out.
All that said, the show's premise is good.
Two teams each get a few thousand dollars to create videos. It's fun to see how they do that - and they seem far more experienced with video equipment and computers than everyday YouTube-ers. Which is part of the show's appeal, watching the behind-the-scenes of how those viral YouTube videos become those viral videos.